Spurs need to adapt to re­vive ti­tle hopes: Kane

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Eng­land in­ter­na­tional striker Harry Kane says teams have worked Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur out and the Lon­don­ers need to adapt if they are to reignite their Pre­mier League ti­tle chal­lenge.

Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s side have stalled in re­cent weeks with Sun­day’s de­feat at Manch­ester United ex­tend­ing a sticky run that has brought just two wins in eight league games. Spurs lie 10 points adrift of lead­ers Chelsea ahead of their mid­week home meet­ing with strug­gling Hull City and in des­per­ate need of a lift with the packed hol­i­day pro­gramme loom­ing.

Spurs’ ti­tle bid ended with them fin­ish­ing third last sea­son and Kane told the Evening Stan­dard: “Peo­ple didn’t ex­pect us to play so well last year and press so high with such in­ten­sity. “Now teams are maybe drop­ping off a bit more, let­ting us have the ball, and we have to find dif­fer­ent so­lu­tions to un­lock the door. “Manch­ester United made it dif­fi­cult for us to play out from the back. They made us play more long balls than we are used to play­ing.

“That was their game plan and it worked.” The visit of Hull to White Hart Lane is fol­lowed by a home meet­ing with an­other strug­gling side Burn­ley four days later and any­thing less than six points from the two games will be a ma­jor dis­ap­point­ment.

“Last year De­cem­ber and Jan­uary were the months when we pushed for­ward, got good re­sults and moved up the ta­ble,” said Kane. “We have to do the same again and we feel we can beat any­one in this league.

“The two home games com­ing up are def­i­nitely winnable and they are very im­por­tant to en­sure we go into the games ahead with con­fi­dence.”

Ryan Ma­son hopes to re­turn to the Hull side to face his for­mer club, with Tom Hud­dle­stone, an­other mem­ber of the Tigers’ strong ex-Tot­ten­ham con­tin­gent, most likely to make way. Ma­son has strug­gled to es­tab­lish him­self since his £10m move in Au­gust which ended a decade­and-a-half-long association with the Lon­don club, for whom he made more than 50 Pre­mier League ap­pear­ances.

The 25-year-old has made 11 starts for Hull, scor­ing twice, but was rested for the 33 draw with Crys­tal Palace, a re­sult which leaves Mike Phe­lan’s side in the rel­e­ga­tion zone, a point adrift of safety with only one vic­tory in their last 13 league games.

They go in search of their first away win in the Pre­mier League since they emerged vic­to­ri­ous from Swansea al­most four months ago. Phe­lan backed Ma­son to play a sig­nif­i­cant role in the sec­ond half of the sea­son. “Like any player Ryan will take time to find his feet at a new club,” said Phe­lan. “He’s come out of that com­fort zone he had at Tot­ten­ham, where he was sur­rounded by ex­cel­lent play­ers, and has come to a club that was al­ways go­ing to be near the bot­tom of the ta­ble look­ing up­wards.” — AFP

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